RDR Books Files Notice of Appeal
November 11, 2008, 04:08 PM
As we reported in September, Judge Robert Patterson ruled in favor of J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers in the copyright case against RDR Books, publisher of the book version of the Harry Potter Lexicon website. RDR Books has now officially filed a notice of appeal. An actual appeal will follow.
Past Leaky coverage of the trial can be found here
you’re. joking. give. it. up.
on a different note: Thank you leaky for making the comments go up faster!
And here we go again . . .
I don’t understand what RDR hopes to gain at this point unless they are seeking damages for lost sales (which they won’t win.)
RDR could win on appeal if they can point to a legal flaw in the judge’s reasoning which means they should have won the court case. It might also be a bargaining ploy and to allow more negotiating time if discussions are still going on. I don’t think there is any obligation on them to submit the appeal they have now given notice of.
RDR is appealing because they are being represented by a organization which has vocally made its goal clear of taking rights away from authors. that is what the Stanford fair use projects goal is. they belive it is wrong for a author to own their creation, and that fair use needs to be expanded to allow people like RDR books to profit off exploting the hard work of others.